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Kitchen Komedy!

I have a neat new kitchen device. It's a combination blender and mini food processor -- one motor base with two attachments. One of the reasons I got it was that the food processor has a shredder disk, and I would like to be able to make borscht without spending a full hour grating beets by hand, turning my kitchen pink in the process.

So last night, new food processor in hand, I decided to make borscht with the shredder disk. At first, things went pretty smoothly. I chopped the onion and the tomatoes and put them in the pot, then trimmed and peeled the beets, washed my hands, and assembled the food processor. It shredded beets like a charm. VRRRRRRRRRMMMM, and those beets were gone. The only issue, as it turned out, was that the flying beet shreds clung to the inside wall of the processor, so I really couldn't see how much grated beet I had. By the time I'd grated all the beets, I'd packed the processor bowl to the point that beet juice was starting to bleed out the sides. So I Very Carefully detached the processor bowl from the processor . . . and beet juice sprayed everywhere, turning my kitchen pink!

Well. I have now learned a Valuable Lesson about this food processor. Next time, I will empty the bowl after half the beets.

Of course, it did shred the beets nicely and in good time, which was what I wanted it to do, and I did manage to clean up the kitchen while the soup was coming to its first boil. But I'll definitely remember to take a peek inside while making latkes tomorrow!


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Dec. 13th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
LOL. You'd think they'd enclose a warning.
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure they did have a warning, something obvious like "Don't overfill the bowl." It just turns out to be a little difficult to tell when the bowl is being overfilled, that's all.
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh laktes! Yum! I love those. I so can't make them like my friend's mom used to. I loved hers. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Do you stick to the 'potato only' recipe or do you put other stuff in there too? My friends mom made a variety, but always lots of plain ones too because that's how the dad liked them best.

I've never made borscht. I only tried it once, when I was studying Russian and Dr. Mina, who was from Russia, made it. It wasn't bad, but I'm not sure I liked it well enough to turn my kitchen pink for it. I'm sorry, but I am laughing a little about that. Sounds like a great tool though, otherwise. I need something like that. I am also tired of spending 80 years cutting/shredding things for recipes (but I'm not willing to give up the recipes).
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I make latkes with potatoes, eggs, salt, pepper, and a little bit of onion. And frying oil, of course.

I love borscht! I use the recipe that Mom Pony uses, which is out of the New York Times Bread And Soup Cookbook. It's vegetarian and non-dairy until you put sour cream in it, so you can serve it to almost anyone and it freezes well. I think that the next batch will go over without turning the kitchen pink, since now I have more of a clue about the volume of eight shredded beets versus the volume of my food processor bowl!
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well, pink's not a bad colour for a kitchen...
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
But sticky isn't such a great motif.
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I love borscht! ..I have yet to be able to make it turn out as good as my former roommate's Baba. Do you have a recipe? :)

....without the beet juice spraying the kitchen, of course! hahaha
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
I use the meatless borscht recipe in the New York Times Bread and Soup Cookbook. That's the one Mom Pony uses.

Yes, do try not to spill beet juice all over the kitchen. Not fun to clean up.
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
As kitchen mishaps go, this was not too bad. I will never forget the time my cousins "spray painted" their kitchen ceiling with Hawaiian Punch. I don't even know how that's possible as HP isn't carbonated. It was beyond pink, and spattered as well.

Mmmmmm, latkes.
Dec. 16th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Did they do that on purpose?
Dec. 16th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
No, it was quite by accident. I guess I should specify that it was only a little part of the ceiling, but it was very...odd.
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